A multi-position ladder is a type of ladder that can be extended and retracted to various heights or one which can be folded or maneuvered into different positions.
Uses for a Multi-Position Ladder
Some of the most popular uses for a multi-purpose ladder are found below. Each scenario will be best suited to a certain type of ladder, so investing in a multi-position ladder will mean that you have one ladder for all of your needs, rather than having a garage full of numerous ladders for different jobs. You can read the anatomy of a ladder to understand how it functions
Changing light bulbs
If you have high ceilings, then you’ll probably need a ladder to change the bulbs when a light goes out. In this scenario, a ladder that can be converted into an A-frame is usually the most suitable because light fixtures tend to be situated in the middle of rooms away from walls, so there will be no wall or sturdy surface nearby for you to lean a ladder against, and therefore it will need to be freestanding.
Cleaning guttering and windows
If you would rather clean the exterior of your home yourself and avoid paying someone else to do it, then ladders will be an essential tool for cleaning your windows, guttering, and siding. In this instance, an extendable or telescopic ladder will be best, allowing you to reach the tallest parts of your home. This type of ladder is one that can be positioned in a leaning stance, using the exterior walls of your home as support.
One of the most common uses for ladders is painting both the interior and exterior of the home. Depending on the height of the wall or ceiling you are painting, you might need an A-frame ladder, a stepladder with a low platform, or an extendable ladder to lean against a wall. For painting, a lightweight ladder is also preferable so that you can easily transport it around the space you are painting as you go.
Installing festive decorations
A ladder is the safest way to install festive lights or decorations on the taller parts of your home, and in this scenario, a wall ladder that can extend to the roofline of your property is preferable, as this is where most people like to hang string lights.
There are many maintenance jobs around the home and garden that ladders are ideal for, such as replacing fallen roof tiles after a storm, cutting back tall trees or hedges, installing light fittings, cleaning ceiling fans, or fixing aerial problems. Having a multi-position ladder will enable you to handle many more maintenance issues yourself rather than having to rely on calling out a tradesperson or storing a range of different ladders for different uses.
Types of Multi-Position Ladders
Some multi-position ladders can be configured into different shapes, while some are designed to be fixed at varying heights. Learn more about the main multi-position ladder types below.
A telescopic ladder is one that can extend to a longer length for times when you need to reach greater heights or retracted to a smaller size for lower-level jobs. This type of ladder takes the shape of one straight line, which will need to be leaned against a wall for support during use.
An A-frame ladder is freestanding and therefore most suitable for times when you need to reach heights that are not located next to a wall, for example, to paint the ceiling. These types of ladders can also be height adjustable, and you have the option of moving up and down the ladder during use to access different levels.
A multi-function ladder is one that can be used as both a telescopic ladder and an A-frame ladder, generally by incorporating hinges. This type of ladder is great for versatility and can be used in almost any scenario that requires a ladder.
Little Giant Ladders, Velocity with Wheels, M17, 17 Ft, Multi-Position Ladder
This multi-position ladder is one of the market leaders, with numerous features and functions which make it suitable for use in almost any situation where you would need a ladder. It is a two-person ladder that allows one person to work on either side when the ladder is configured into the A-frame shape, with a total weight capacity of 300lbs. It is very lightweight, making it easy to transport around the workplace or to different jobs. This is due to the ladder being constructed from a special alloy material which results in this ladder weighing 20% less than any other similar industry-rated multi position ladder.
The ladder offers ultimate safety and security, with its aircraft-grade construction and deeply flared legs. It exceeds all industry standards, including ANSI and OSHA. The ladder easily converts to various positions and locks into place using the ‘Rock Lock’ adjuster system. Positions of this ladder include A-frame, 90-degree extension, staircase, and trestle-and-plank. The feet of the ladder have wheels that can be used when the ladder is tilted, making it extremely portable by simply tilting it and pulling it along. This ladder is available in several different lengths ranging from 13 to 26 feet.
People who purchased this ladder found it easy to use, and the majority agree that they would recommend it to others. Most users who had not previously owned or used ladders before were particularly impressed as they found the ladder intuitive to use and felt very safe using it, which gave them the confidence to carry out numerous jobs around the home and garden. Some people noted that the ladder was heavier than they were expecting, though this didn’t affect the use, and they were still very happy with their purchase.
Many users commented that they would only use this type of ladder in the future, as it exceeded their expectations of a ladder. It folds down to a small size which users found very handy for storing the ladders easily. A minority of users felt that the ladders folded down too quickly, making it a risk for getting fingers and thumbs caught and injured. Some users also commented on the packaging of the ladder, which was inadequate and, in some cases, meant that the ladders arrived damaged.
- Easy to use
- High-quality construction
- Compact when not in use
- Poor packaging
- Potential for a finger injury
- Heavier than expected
Luisladders Folding Ladder Multi-Purpose Aluminium Extension 7 in 1 Step Heavy Duty Combination EN 131 Standard
This multi-position ladder has several safety features to give the user peace of mind and increase confidence. These include anti-slip rubber feet and click and lock system with six security locks to securely fix the ladder into various configurations. This ladder is made from aircraft-grade aluminum for superior strength and reliability. It can endure a maximum weight capacity of 330lbs. The many positions this ladder can be changed into include a stepladder, scaffolding, A-frame, extension, staircase, and a leaning ladder. It has hinges every three steps so that it can be folded into various positions and also folded up tightly for compact storage. This ladder comes in several sizes, ranging from 12.1 feet to 15.5 feet in length.
Users rate this ladder as being very good overall. Users found it to be lightweight and easy to transport around the home for jobs in different rooms, though some users felt the ladder would benefit from a locking mechanism for when the ladder was folded down so that it stayed in one position while carrying it. Users agreed that the ladder is easy to operate and recommend that the positions are changed using the levers rather than the pushbuttons, as this requires less effort. Most users found the ladder to be sturdy, though some people felt that it wasn’t heavy-duty enough and recommended it only for light jobs around the home, such as changing light bulbs, rather than for construction work. Users were particularly impressed with how small the ladders were when folded down for storage, as they required very little space when not in use.
- Easy to operate
- Compact when not in use
- Not heavy duty
Louisville Ladder FE3216 Fiberglass Extension Ladder 300-Pound Capacity
This extension ladder has a weight capacity of 300lbs. It is made from fiberglass, which makes it very sturdy and suitable for heavy-duty work. The ladder has heavy-duty metal guides which prevent the ladder from over-extending and becoming dangerous, as well as super-strong rung locks to keep the ladder securely fixed into the chosen position. The steps are D-shaped, which makes them more comfortable to stand on and offers a good grip on shoes. The base of the ladder has steel swivel safety shoes which make the ladder safe and secure, giving the user peace of mind. This ladder is available in several size options ranging from 12 feet to 40 feet. It can be positioned at a range of heights to suit the project you are working on but only operates as a leaning extension ladder and cannot be folded or used in other positions.
Users of this ladder found it to be very durable and heavy-duty and felt that it was much more sturdy than aluminum ladders they had previously used. The drawback of fiberglass ladders, as many users noted, is that they are much heavier than aluminum ladders. Due to this, many users struggled to maneuver the ladder into the position they needed and had to take extra care not to bang into walls or smash windows when setting the ladder up. The weight of the ladder also meant that it was difficult for many users to transport it around their home, and in many cases found that it required two people to carry it.
Most users agreed that this ladder is well built and of high-quality construction, and therefore they expect it to last many decades. Users felt that the ladder was reasonably priced considering the quality and would recommend the ladder to others. Some users unfortunately discovered that the packaging of the ladder was inadequate, and in several cases, the ladders reached the buyers in a damaged condition. When trying to resolve these issues, many users found the customer service of the manufacturers to be very poor or non-existent.
- Heavy duty
- High quality
- Reasonably priced
- Heavy and difficult to maneuver
- Inadequate packaging
- Poor customer service
Vulcan Ladder USA 3600735401986540 Stepladder
This multi-position ladder is built from aircraft-grade aluminum, making it both lightweight and durable. The standout feature of this ladder is the huge amount of positions it can be fixed into, a total of 23 different configurations with the ability to adjust the height in increments of one foot. It can be used as an A-frame ladder, a stepladder, scaffolding, extension ladder, wall ladder, and stair ladder. It folds down to a small size for easy storage when not in use. The ladder has a wide flared base which increases the stability and safety of the user. The hinges on the ladder also feature a patented safety mechanism that prevents them from pinching fingers. The rubber feet prevent it from damaging landing surfaces and increase grip. The ladder has a weight capacity of 300lbs. It extends to a maximum length of 17 feet.
Users of this ladder were very impressed with it, especially considering the low price. Most users agreed that it performed just as well as more well-known branded ladders, which were much more expensive. Users found this ladder to be very versatile and relatively easy to use. The main complaint with this ladder is the weight of it, which makes it difficult to maneuver and, in many cases, will require two people to carry it up or down flights of stairs. Users agree that this ladder is heavy-duty, well made, and high quality. The majority of users would recommend this ladder and suggest that it’s a good purchase for saving a few dollars and still getting an excellent product. A few users were disappointed to find that the ladder came with very minimal instructions and therefore struggled to operate it the first few times.
- High quality
- Heavy duty
- Compact size for storage
- Heavy and difficult to maneuver
- Poor instructions
WolfWise Aluminum Telescopic Extension Multi-Purpose Ladder
This extension ladder is constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy with an anodized finish to keep it looking new and clean. This building material makes it heavy duty and strong, yet lightweight for portability. It has a capacity weight of 330lbs and can extend to a maximum length of 12.5 feet. The clever design of the ladder means that it retracts down to a size of just three feet, making it ideal for storing in a small cupboard or transporting in the trunk of a car. It features an integrated carry handle and closure strap to make it extra portable and comfortable to carry around.
The ladder retraction has been carefully designed to ensure safety and remove the possibility of trapped fingers. Each step retracts one rung at a time in a slow and measured manner to solve the issue of hand pinching. Despite this slow mechanism for improved safety, the ladder can retract from full length to smallest size with the push of just one button in five to eight seconds. The ladder uses traced aluminum tubes as opposed to spliced aluminum tubes, which prevents the ladders from bending under weight during use, and instead, they maintain a strong, straight shape. The ladder has rubber cushioned feet which improve grip and also prevent damage to the landing surface.
Users of this product were overwhelmingly pleased with it. Users found it to be very lightweight and compact when in the collapsed position, which made it easy to store and easy to quickly get out for maintenance jobs around the home or when camping. Users agree that they get much more use out of this ladder compared with other ladders they have owned, simply because it is so much quicker and easier to move around, set up, and put away.
Most users agree that the ladder feels sturdy and safe, though some users did experience flexing when the ladder was at its most extended length. The ladder was found to extend and retract easily, with a smooth sliding mechanism that did not require much strength or effort to operate. Some users found that over time small pieces of grit worked their way into the tubes, which affected the smooth operation of the ladder, with no clear way of cleaning them out, so it is recommended that users store this ladder indoors to prevent loose fragments from getting into the mechanism.
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- Very compact size for storage
- Easy to use
- Strong and sturdy
- Tubes cannot be cleaned to improve the mechanism